BMC's choice of name that sounds similar to ResMed isn't by accident, nor is it simply because of the word res
piratory or res
piration - it was a specific choice made by BMC who knew that people would read it and think that the machine was made by ResMed. The BMC company itself has illegally copied patented ResMed technologies in the development of their machines. If they knowingly did that with no regard for business ethics, I'm sure they have no problem using a similar-sounding machine name in order to fool customers.
ResMed even has pending lawsuits against BMC for patent infringement-- here's the press release:
I don't think that BMC is some type of "upstanding, honorable, honest" CPAP company - I think they're opportunists who want to make a quick buck without spending money on research and development the way ResMed or Philips-Respironics has on their products.... and, being a Chinese company, BMC probably doesn't care whether they steal proprietary technology and capitalize on ResMed's success and image to do so. It's quite common for Chinese companies to steal foreign technologies and violate patents by making their own knock-off versions of other companies' products.
I'm not holding ResMed up as some sort of ethical giant either. I'm just pointing out that none of these companies are altruistic in their product releases: they do it to make money primarily (nothing wrong with that). I just think that patients need to go into machine choices with their eyes fully open, not assuming that these companies have the same ethical standards as the average patient - they don't. Caveat Emptor, in other words.
If BMC is willing to take shortcuts like this to make money, I'd ask myself "what other shortcuts have they made in their products?
" Things like: materials quality, production quality control, warranty and service issues, etc.... these are all things to consider when purchasing a CPAP machine. For me, it's worth it to pay a little bit extra for a quality ResMed product over a BMC RESmart product, knowing that ResMed as a company is a bit more concerned about their image and is less willing to use inferior materials or shoddy production techniques, etc. ResMed has more to lose by appearing to be "shady" in their business operations. BMC, having virtually no market share in comparison, has far less to lose by being "shady".
As always, just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.